BASHY

Genres: British hip hop, Grime

Albums: Catch Me If You Can and Bashy.com

Bashy real name Ashley Thomas was born in Chiswick, West London.

In 2007 Bashy released the song “Black Boys”.  It was this track that propelled Bashy into the nation’s consciousness, catching the imagination of a country suffering from many incidents of violence amongst its inner-city youth. It was this song as a result of its publicity that Bashy was invited to perform at the Love Music Hate Racism Rally in 2008 at Victoria Park, to a crowd of 100,000. He was asked to take the main stage alongside Damon Albarn. Bashy persuaded various British artists to share their views on the subject on the reports of shootings and stabbings on news bulletins. Skinnyman, Ty, Big Narstie, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Chipmunk, Swiss, Durrty Goodz, J2K, Skepta, Sincere, Akala and Scorcher featured on the track.

After this he worked with Noel Clark in the movie Adulthood. Noel encountered Bashy when he was passed a copy of his earlier mixtapes which contained samples from Clarke’s previous Kidulthood film.

Bashy has won three Awards Urban Music Award for Most Inspirational Artist, Screen Nation Award for Best Music Performance in Film/TV in 2008 and Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow in 2012.